C1875
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[AUSTRALIA-SA] C. Catastrophe to Nuyts Archipelago Surveyed by Staff Commr. F. Howard R.N.

First edition (1875), of this magnificent hydrographic chart of the South Australian coast extending from Cape Adieu to Port Lincoln, Surveyed by Staff Commr. F.Howard R.N. 1873-9. This first issue without updates, has only three inset maps; insets of Denial … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-SA] C. Catastrophe to Nuyts Archipelago Surveyed by Staff Commr. F. Howard R.N.

Date:

C1875
 ( )

Engraver:

Edward Weller 

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

647mm 
x 1007mm

Paper Size: 

687mm 
x 1025mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-SA] C. Catastrophe to Nuyts Archipelago Surveyed by Staff Commr. F. Howard R.N. - Antique Map from 1875

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Description:

First edition (1875), of this magnificent hydrographic chart of the South Australian coast extending from Cape Adieu to Port Lincoln, Surveyed by Staff Commr. F.Howard R.N. 1873-9. This first issue without updates, has only three inset maps; insets of Denial and Smoky Bays, Streaky Bay, Coffin Bay and doesn’t have the two coastal profiles at the bottom added in later issues.

The regular updating of Hydrographic charts by the Hydrographic Office was to ensure that commanders of ships, pilots and other mariners were able to have the most to up to date information available to safely navigate foreign waters and ports as new information of changes to sea depths, sand bars, wrecks or other any other pertinent nautical information that could hinder passage became available. As updated charts were offered for sale, the earlier outdated charts in the hands of mariners, pilots, ships owners and sailors were invariably discarded, subsequently making all British Admiralty issued hydrographic charts of the period rare. 

Collections:
This first edition not located in any institutional collections.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3060304 [1885] Map has added sections.

Hydrographic charting of Australia History ( - )

Naval policy dictated that Admiralty charts be destroyed when superseded to avoid navigational error. It was during Rear Admiral John Washington’s period as the Admiralty’s hydrographer, 1855-1863, that a series of agreements were drawn up with the Australian colonies. These agreements provided boats and crews for use by officers lent from the Royal Navy to chart the coasts and shoal waters in the approaches to the rapidly developing towns, communication with which was seriously hampered by the the frequency of shipwrecks. It had been the discovery of gold and the consequent rush of miners and emigrants from not only England but California that added greatly the numbers of ships sailing to Australia’s east coast. This led to numerous petitions being made to Her Majesty’s Government to chart the eastern approaches to Australia to make for safer passage for shipping.

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Commander Frederick Howard ( - )

Commander Howard took charge of the Admiralty Survey of the South Australian coast following the death of Captain John Hutchison RN in 1869. Howard continued the survey aboard HM Surveying schooner 'Beatrice' and received promotional commission as Staff Commander in 1871.

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